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  • EgyptAir black boxes badly damaged, likely to prolong probe

    06/17/2016 1:18:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    cbs ^ | 06/17/2016
    AIRO (AP) - The voice and data recorders from the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean nearly a month ago are "extensively damaged" and will need repairs before they can be analyzed, an Egyptian official said Friday, dampening hopes for quick answers as to what caused the disaster. The official didn't elaborate on how long the repairs would take but said if this cannot be done in Egypt, the so-called "black boxes" would be sent abroad. The official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media. With the wreckage of the Airbus...
  • BREAKING - EgyptAir plane's voice recorder found

    06/16/2016 6:23:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | 6-16-2016 | BBC
    Cockpit voice recorder of crashed EgyptAir flight found in Mediterranean, Egyptian investigators say
  • Obama to pick first female four-star commander

    03/18/2016 8:11:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | March 18, 2016 | Austin Wright and Connor O'Brien
    President Barack Obama plans to nominate Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson to be the head of U.S. Northern Command — which would make her the first female combatant commander, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday. Robinson is now the head of Pacific Air Forces. If confirmed by the Senate, she would replace Adm. Bill Gortney, who’s been in the post since 2014.
  • Why Is America Using These Antique Planes to Fight ISIS? (Vietnam Era OV-10 Broncos)

    03/09/2016 8:45:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 9, 2016 | David Axe
    The U.S. military is testing out a dependable, rugged little vintage bomber as it battles elusive ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq. War was just an experiment for two of the U.S. military’s oldest and most unusual warplanes. A pair of OV-10 Broncos—small, Vietnam War-vintage, propeller-driven attack planes—recently spent three months flying top cover for ground troops battling ISIS militants in the Middle East. The OV-10s’ deployment is one of the latest examples of a remarkable phenomenon. The United States—and, to a lesser extent, Russia—has seized the opportunity afforded it by the aerial free-for-all over Iraq and Syria and other...
  • 340% ‘Miscalculation’ Is Basis for The CA Air Resources Board’s Diesel Regs

    02/24/2016 9:36:27 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/24/16 | Katy Grimes
    espite a California Construction Trucking Association lawsuit attempting to halt the regulations, the CARB brought in big federal guns The metastasis of statewide diesel truck regulations created by the California Air Resources Board has forced many large and small truckers out of business. The truckers still in business have had to spend $20,000 to $50,000 per truck retrofit with the CARB’s expensive, mandated Diesel Particulate Filter, or they have had to buy newer model trucks to meet the new regulations. New trucks are hugely expensive. By the stroke of a pen from unelected career bureaucrats hiding behind layers of government,...
  • CA Air Resources Board Ignoring Deadly Truck Fires

    02/16/2016 5:28:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/16/16 | Katy Grimes & Megan Barth
    Diesel Particulate Filter is expensive to install and maintain, mechanically unreliable, and the warranties are inadequate both as to time, mileage and scope of coverage California truck and business owners initiated a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board because of exploding trucks and roadside fires, due to the CARB’s mandatory, faulty diesel particulate filters, they say. Ironically, the filters even fail at cleaning the air. The Alliance for California Business, a voluntary group whose purpose is to protect and promote business interests throughout California, says Diesel Particulate Filters have started more than 31 fires in the last two years,...
  • The Pentagon Is Building the "Arsenal Plane," a Giant Flying Battlewagon

    02/03/2016 7:00:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | February 2, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has revealed the existence of a program to develop a so-called "Arsenal Plane." Designed to back up fifth generation fighters such as the F-35 with a large number of conventional weapons, backing up the high-tech fighters with tried-and-true ordinance. The Arsenal Plane actually has its roots at sea. During the 1990s, there was an effort to create so-called "Arsenal Ships"— large boats packed with hundreds of missile silos that would rely on the targeting data of the rest of the fleet. The Arsenal Ship was never built, but four Ohio-class submarines were converted to...
  • That's one way to escape the smog! Bottles of FRESH AIR from Canada are a hot sale in China (trunc)

    12/14/2015 7:35:28 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 15 replies
    Daily Mail.co.uk ^ | 14DEC2015 | CHLOE LYME
    Since China's capital city Beijing issued its first ever air pollution red alert last week, sales of bottled Canadian fresh mountain air to Chinese customers have soared. Two entrepreneurs from Alberta have been selling Vitality Air for just over a year, but over the last two weeks their sales to China have increased dramatically, reports The People's Daily Online. The red alert over air pollution was issued by Beijing authorities on December 7, lasting three days, amid the second bout of bad air this month. During this time PM2.5 levels - tiny hazardous airborne particles - exceeded 900 micrograms per...
  • The Backfire Bomber Is Russia’s ‘Carrier Killer’

    11/20/2015 6:21:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 19, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    The Russian air force conducted another massive strategic bomber raid on Daesh targets in Syria yesterday. As before, the Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95MS bombers played a prominent role, however, the supersonic Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers conducted the majority of the attacks. “A squadron of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers made airstrikes against six ISIS facilities in the provinces of Raqqah and Deir Ezzor. They engaged depots with weapons and ammunition, mass concentrations of military hardware, training camps and workshops producing explosives,” reads a statement from the Russian defense ministry.
  • Syria Update Exclusive : Russia send its Air-Craft-Carrier to Syria

    Russia Sends Its Only Aircraft Carrier To Syria, Signals It Is Just Getting Started
  • F'd: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World's Worst New Warplane

    08/14/2015 11:39:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | August 14, 2015 | David Axe
    From all the recent sounds of celebrating coming out of Washington, D.C., you might think the Pentagon’s biggest, priciest and most controversial warplane development had accelerated right past all its problems. The price tag—currently an estimated $1 trillion to design, build and operate 2,400 copies—is steadily going down. Production of dozens of the planes a year for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps is getting easier. Daily flight tests increasingly are hitting all the right marks. Or so proponents would have you believe.
  • Emirates announces world's longest non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City ... an 8,700 mile [tr]

    08/13/2015 11:40:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Katie Amey
    Emirates has announced the launch of the world's longest non-stop flight - an 8,700mile journey lasting an incredible 17 hours 35 minutes. Starting on February 1, 2016, the service from Dubai to Panama City is exciting news for those who love Central America, but it will be a stern endurance test for anyone in economy class. Panama City is Emirates' first gateway destination in Central America.
  • The F-35: Throwing Good Money after Bad

    07/22/2015 7:29:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | July 22, 2015 | Mike Fredenburg
    The F-35 program could cripple U.S. defense for decades to come. “You could argue it [the F-35] was already one of the biggest white elephants in history a long time ago,” stated former U.K. defense chief Nick Harvey in a May interview. Harvey then doubled down, saying there is “not a cat in hell’s chance” the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) would be combat-ready by 2018. While it is noteworthy that a person of Harvey’s stature would level such harsh criticisms, his statement merely reflects the conclusions of reports by the U.S. Defense Department’s Director of Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E),...
  • It's an ill wind that spawned this air pollution report

    07/15/2015 5:23:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-14-15 | Joe Soucheray
    Canadian forest fires, which delivered unto us a Fourth of July weekend pall, seem to have inspired the release of a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. We are being told that air pollution is killing about 2,000 people a year, a figure so preposterously guessed at it that they might as well have made it 175,000 people a year if it's alarm they are trying to sound. The following words were used: likely, estimates and roughly. Air pollution likely contributes to thousands of deaths each year, a state study estimates. The...
  • The U.S. Air Force Promised the F-4 Would Never Dogfight: Now it’s saying the same thing about [tr]

    07/07/2015 8:02:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 6, 2015 | David Axe
    The aerial dogfight was not supposed to happen. On May 20, 1967, eight U.S. Air Force F-4C fighters were patrolling over North Vietnam when they spotted as many as 15 enemy MiG-17 fighters a short distance away. Fog and the MiGs’ low altitude had prevented the F-4s from detecting the North Vietnamese jets from farther away.
  • Breaking: US Air Force Cancels Two UK 4th of July Shows Due to “Severe and Credible” Threats (VIDEO)

    07/02/2015 9:03:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/2/15 | Jim Hoft
    Breaking: US Air Force Cancels Two UK 4th of July Shows Due to “Severe and Credible” Threats (VIDEO) Jim Hoft Jul 2nd, 2015 9:40 pm 6 Comments The US Air Force cancelled two air shows planned on Independence Day in Great Britain because of threat there is considered severe and credible. The two-day festival was due to be hosted by US crew based in RAF Lakenheath and Mildenhall, England. The Daily Mail reported: The U.S. Air Force has cancelled planned Independence Day celebrations at a Norfolk RAF base due to the increased risk of a Jihadi terror attack. The two-day...
  • 2 injured in shooting at Air Force base in Arkansas

    06/15/2015 11:18:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    fox ^ | 6/15/15 | fox
    Two people were hospitalized after shots were fired when a civilian tried to gain unauthorized access to the Little Rock Air Force Base Monday morning. The base said the suspect was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. A bystander was also transported for non-related medical care and was released. The base went on lockdown after the incident. Jacksonville Police Sgt. Dustin Brown said the suspect had attempted to gain access to the base, which is in Jacksonville and about 15 miles northeast of Little Rock. A bomb squad was checking a green SUV parked near a visitor center...
  • Air Force Confirms Shuttering of Vital Airlift Wing

    04/16/2015 9:02:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/16/15 | Daniel Wiser
    The Air Force confirmed this week that it is shuttering a vital airlift wing at Fort Bragg, N.C., that trains the Army’s airborne and special operations forces, prompting outrage from the state’s lawmakers. The Air Force finally submitted on Tuesday its “Report on C-130 Force Structure” to Congress after its release had been delayed since January. Units such as the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg’s Pope Army Airfield fly the C-130s to prepare airborne forces for emergency operations overseas. The report affirmed that the Air Force would close the 440th, which it said would save $116 million during a...
  • China Reveals New Long-Range Bombers

    04/02/2015 5:58:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 1, 2015 | Luke Hurst
    China has released pictures of an unnamed “new-type of bomber”, along with an announcement that it has carried out its first military drills in the airspace above the Western Pacific Ocean. According to a statement on the Chinese Ministry of Defence website, the drills took place over the Bashi Canal, which is between a Taiwanese island and a Philippines island.
  • Air Canada to require two people in cockpit after revelations about Germanwings co-pilot

    03/26/2015 11:26:52 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    National Post ^ | 03/26/2015 | Jake Edmiston
    Air Canada will now require at least two people in the cockpit at all times after revelations Thursday that a Germanwings co-pilot steered Flight 9525 into a mountainside while the captain stood helpless outside a locked cockpit doo
  • BitWhisper turns up heat on air-gap security

    03/24/2015 9:46:52 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 4 replies
    © 2015 Tech Xplore, Phys.org ^ | March 24, 2015 - 5 hrs ago | Nancy Owano
    Ben Gurion University reported Monday that researcher Mordechai Guri, assisted by Matan Munitz and guided by Prof. Yuval Elovici, uncovered a way to breach air-gapped systems—that's quite something considering that air-gapped systems, said the Daily Mail, are among the most secure computers on the planet, used in high security settings such as classified military networks, payment networks processing credit and debit card transactions for retailers, and industrial control systems for critical infrastructure. The research initiative was given the name BitWhisper, part of research on the topic of air-gap security at the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University. Dudu Mimran,...
  • Now the U.S. Air Force Wants to Replace A-10s With F-16s

    03/20/2015 7:12:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 111 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 19, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    Eventually, the U.S. Air Force wants to replace the low and slow-flying A-10 Warthog with the fast-moving F-35 stealth fighter. But it’ll take years before the troubled jet fighters are ready for duty. In the meantime, the Air Force still needs a plane for dedicated close air support missions — something the A-10 excels at. So what does the flying branch propose? Not keeping the Warthog. Instead, the Air Force wants to replace the Warthog with a modified F-16 fighter jet — an old concept that failed to live up to expectations decades ago. The F-16s would fill in temporarily until the F-35s can...
  • I’ll Be Damned, These Boneyard B-52s Can Still Fly

    02/19/2015 8:02:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 18, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The Air Force is working to get a B-52 bomber back into service after it sat collecting dust for seven years at the famous Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. On Feb. 13, the B-52H—with the serial number 61–0007—left the desert for its new home with the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. This is the first time the Air Force has “regenerated” one of these bombers from the Boneyard back to active duty.
  • Businessman reveals what it was REALLY like to be first to fly in Ł14,000 'penthouse in the sky'.

    12/31/2014 5:33:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 31, 2014 | Chris Kitching
    Miami businessman Gino Bertuccio is one of the world’s luckiest flyers – and one of the most thoughtful as well. The 52-year-old became the first person to fly in Etihad Airways’ Ł14,000 ‘penthouse in the sky’ at the weekend, and he shared the one-of-a-kind experience with friends and strangers. While flying from London's Heathrow Airport to Abu Dhabi Mr Bertuccio opened the three-room private suite to first-class passengers, who were in an adjacent cabin, and invited a traveller from economy into the exclusive cabin, which boasts the world’s first in-flight butler.
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 5:11:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The Pentagon’s newest stealth jet, the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, won’t be able to fire its gun during operational missions until 2019, three to four years after it becomes operational. Even though the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is supposed to join frontline U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadrons next year and Air Force units in 2016, the jet’s software does not yet have the ability to shoot the onboard 25mm cannon. But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.
  • Report: 40 bodies recovered from AirAsia Fl. 8501 crash

    12/30/2014 5:27:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Various Twitter comments copied by Twitchy ^ | December 30, 2014 | Various Twitter accounts
    BREAKING: Indonesian officials confirm they have found debris from the missing AirAsia flight 8501 in the Karimata Strait. Sad news from Indonesia the wreckage of AirAsia Fl. 8501 has been reportedly discovered in the Karimata Strait off the coast of Borneo, about 10 kilometers from the plane’s last reported position:
  • A New, "Super" F-35 to Rule the U.S. Military?

    12/19/2014 7:50:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Majumdar
    Advanced derivatives of the tri-service Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could replace the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, Boeing F-15C Eagle and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, multiple sources told the National Interest. However, they added that the idea of replacing the high flying and fast Raptor with the slower and less agile F-35 was not well received by many within the Air Force. “No doubt that the F-35 will be doing air dominance missions in the future,” one industry official said. “Especially with more internal air-to-air, and maybe a new engine.”
  • NATO Intercepts at Least 19 Russian Military Planes in 1 Day

    10/29/2014 8:33:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-29-2014 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    NATO intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying far outside Russia's airspace today, worrying the organization's officials. "These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said in a statement released this afternoon. The Russian fighter jets and bombers were seen flying in three different regions. The intercepts came a week after widespread reports that a Russian submarine may have been spotted off the coast of Sweden. The North Sea and Atlantic Ocean had the largest fleet of Russian aircraft activity, with eight planes detected by NATO radar flying in formation from Russian airspace...
  • America’s 60 Year-Old Nuclear Bomber Might Finally Get a New Engine

    10/27/2014 6:48:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 27, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    The U.S. Air Force is taking a serious look at overhauling the nearly 60 year-old B-52 bomber—including a new engine for the ancient plane. The question is not whether it makes sense, but why it hasn’t been done before. The answers include poor planning, budgetary procedures that defied economic logic, and at least one bone-headed accounting error. The B-52 first entered service in the mid-1950s. Putting new engines on the “Buff,” or Big Ugly Fat (cough) Fella, became a possibility after 1978, when the commercial airplane business launched two modern engines, the Rolls-Royce RB.211-535 and the PW2000. Unlike the first...
  • Islamic State training pilots to fly in three jets: Syria monitor

    10/17/2014 6:04:51 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/17/14 | Sylvia Westall
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.
  • Medical Research Org CIDRAP: Ebola Transmittable by Air

    10/14/2014 9:29:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/14/14 | Chriss W. Street
    The highly respected Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota just advised the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) that “there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath. CIDRAP is warning that surgical facemasks do not prevent transmission of Ebola, and healthcare professionals (HCP) must immediately be outfitted with full-hooded protective gear and powered air-purifying respirators. CIDRAP since 2001 has been a global leader in addressing public health preparedness regarding emerging infectious diseases and bio-security...
  • When the French "Shot Down" an F-22

    09/23/2014 6:50:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 23, 2014 | David Axe
    Evidence released last year confirms that a French fighter pilot once “killed” an American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in mock combat. Although not unprecedented, the simulated shoot-down is still a big deal for a couple reasons. For one, the Lockheed Martin-made F-22 is supposed to be the most fearsome warplane in history, a quarter-billion-dollar-per-plane technological marvel that flies higher and faster than its opponents while avoiding detection by radar. The Pentagon is counting on a tiny number of the pricey Raptors — slightly more than 180 — to ward off potentially much larger numbers of enemy planes for the foreseeable future. Every mock dogfight...
  • Atheist must swear to God -- or leave US Air Force

    09/10/2014 5:44:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    AFP ^ | September 9, 2014 | Staff
    The US Air Force has told a sergeant he will have to leave the military unless he agrees to take an oath with the phrase "so help me God," officials said Tuesday. In the latest religious controversy to roil the air force, the atheist airman last month was denied his request to re-enlist because of his refusal to swear to God -- and he is now poised to take the military to court, his lawyer said.
  • Is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter the New F-4?

    09/03/2014 6:55:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 3, 2014 | Michael Peck
    The jet fighter can’t maneuver, the critics say. It’s based on a wrongheaded concept. It relies on unproved technologies. It’s a one-size-fits-all jet for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, and yet it doesn't really meet any of their needs. Is this Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter I’m describing? No, it’s actually the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the ubiquitous fighter-bomber, reconnaissance and radar-hunting aircraft that formed the backbone of U.S., NATO and Israeli air power in the 1960s and 1970s. More than 50 years later, the Phantom still flies, as evident when Syrian gunners downed a Turkish RF-4...
  • California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

    08/23/2014 6:35:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies
    © 2014 NPR ^ | August 22, 2014 3:32 PM ET | by NANCY SHUTE
    A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus. But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how.... C. gattii from three trees, Canary Island pine, New Zealand pohutukawa and American sweet gum, matched almost exactly with C. gattii from infected patients. And the tree samples matched not just those from recent patients but from people who were sick 10 to 12 years ago. Thus this strain of C. gattii has been...
  • Breathtaking Aerial Photography

    08/07/2014 9:19:26 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    The Grand Canyon from outer-space  (photo NASA) More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Military exercise was the reason for the disruption of air traffic control

    06/14/2014 9:41:50 AM PDT · by Alvin Diogenes · 4 replies
    [These are excerpts from an English translation of the German source article.] After the cause for the temporary disruption of air traffic control in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia was initially unclear, the Slovak authorities reported on Friday evening that... "[t]he disappearance of aircraft from the radar screen is related to military exercises that have gone in different parts of Europe on 5 and 10 June on the stage." ... Slovak air traffic control: "Immediately after identifying the problem that side was contacted, which has organized the exercises, and they were stopped." ... Experts suspected a relationship with a...
  • Congressional Committee Just Voted to Kill the A-10—And Endanger Troops’ Lives

    06/13/2014 11:08:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 13, 2014 | Winslow Wheeler & Pierre Sprey
    On June 10, the House Appropriations Committee made clear the way many on Capitol Hill view national defense. By a raised-hands vote of 13 to 23, the Committee rejected an amendment from Congressman Jack Kingston—a Georgia Republican—to redirect $339 million from operation and maintenance funds, deemed excess, to retain 234 A-10 close air support aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory. Even though the committee found $1.6 billion to increase the Obama Administration’s budget to buy hardware, it could not find a penny to retain one of the most extraordinarily effective weapons in the U.S. arsenal—and one of the cheapest...
  • Flights Briefly Vanish From Austrian Air Traffic

    Austria's flight safety organization says flight data recently disappeared twice from air controller radar screens in several countries....
  • Monarch airline bans reclining seats on all its planes after 90% of passengers vote to ditch them

    05/30/2014 6:46:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2014 | Carol Driver
    Monarch is to introduce non-reclining seats across its entire fleet of planes. The light-weight design, to be rolled out this summer, has been launched to create more ‘living space’ for passengers after customer research showed the existing style was unpopular. It comes after surveys revealed that nine in ten travellers wanted reclining seats banned, and voted them one of the most common causes of mid-flight anger.
  • EPA Chief Promises To Go After Republicans Who Question Agency Science

    04/29/2014 7:39:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-28-2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has issued a warning to Republicans who continue to question the integrity of the agency’s scientific data: we’re coming for you. McCarthy told an audience at the National Academy of Sciences on Monday morning the agency will go after a “small but vocal group of critics” who are arguing the EPA is using “secret science” to push costly clean air regulations. “Those critics conjure up claims of EPA secret science — but it’s not really about EPA science or secrets. It’s about challenging the credibility of world renowned scientists and institutions like Harvard University...
  • Is THIS America's newest top-secret spy plane? Clearest picture yet of mystery aircraft spotted fly.

    04/18/2014 11:06:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan and Mark Prigg and Ashley Collman
    A new photo of a mysterious flying object over Kansas has been revealed. It appears to be the same aircraft as one that was snapped soaring over Texas last month. The exact identify of the aircraft remains a mystery, but rumours abound that it could be a secret jet.
  • Air Force Captain Mistaken as Burglar and Tackled by Cops in Own Home, Now They’re Arresting Him

    04/17/2014 1:04:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    IJR Review ^ | 4/17/14 | Emily Hulsey
    Air Force Captain Nicolas Aquino was tackled and handcuffed in his own home after police received a call from a neighbor of a suspected burglary. Aquino told the officer that he was the homeowner and even showed identification when the officer first approached him; the policeman finally left after Aquino showed him bills with his name and address. However, that wasn’t the end of it. Months later, Aquino learned that the police station had issued a warrant for him, claiming that he resisted arrest and obstructed an officer. Aquino, a model airman who has been featured in Air Force promotional...
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 37 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • A Chilling And Awe-Inspiring Malaysia Air Flight 370 Story

    03/10/2014 9:37:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Dan's Deals ^ | 3/10/14 | Dan
    The whole world’s eyes are on the far east, wondering how a Boeing 777 can just disappear without a trace. Malaysia Air Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:43am this past Saturday morning and has yet to be located. Flying is the safest mode of transportation that exists today, so the disappearance of an airplane like this is really sobering. I heard the following story firsthand from the travel agent involved. He is an avid DansDeals follower that I’m friends with. He sent me the unedited exchange that follows and I made the necessary edits to protect the...
  • Man Nearly Explodes After Compressed Air Valve Lodges In Buttocks

    02/16/2014 7:32:56 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 73 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/16/2014 | LA Times
    WHAKATANE, New Zealand (PIX11)— New Zealand trucker Steven McCormack is either the luckiest or unluckiest person in the world, depending on one’s perspective. McCormack was working on his tractor trailer at a gas station in Whakatane, on the North Island’s east coast, when he slipped and fell, landing on a broken high pressure air valve.
  • Fugitive Illegal Alien Obtains Security Clearance, Access to Arizona Air Force Base

    01/21/2014 6:47:17 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-21-2014 | John Urban
    by John Urban | TopRight News A potentially disastrous security breach by the Pentagon was discovered by sheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop in Southern Arizona. Pinal County deputies stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. The Mexican national initially presented an Arizona Identification Card, in the name of Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. A records check revealed that not only did the illegal alien have no driver's license, but there were outstanding felony warrants for his arrest in Texas.The suspect eventually told the deputy that his real name was in fact Mario Bustamante, 37, and that he was in...
  • Man survives 60 hours at bottom of Atlantic, rescued after finding air pocket [w/-video]

    12/05/2013 6:14:20 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 36 replies
    FOX News Network ^ | December 04, 2013 | Associated Press
    GOS, Nigeria – Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle. The Nigerian cook survived by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocket. The other 11 seaman aboard the Jascon 4 died... It was a shock for the diver while he was down there looking for bodies, and we (in the control room) shot back when the hand grabbed him on the screen." Okene kept faith with the psalm he recited, that promises to "give thanks in your name, Lord," at a...
  • Timelapse: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta [HD video]

    11/18/2013 8:36:26 PM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 10-28-2013 | RoadTrippers.com
    You've never seen hot air balloons like this before! A couple of weeks ago, Albuquerque, New Mexico held its 42nd annual International Balloon Fiesta. It's a 9-day event where over 700 balloons see liftoff. It's the largest hot air balloon festival in the entire world and we were on hand to capture the action. Turn the Volume up, HD on and enjoy this Balloon Fiesta Experience! *if you are capable of watching in a higher resolution than 1080p choose original as this film was finished in 4k* Beep.. Beep.. Beep.. The Alarm goes off at 4 am. Time to get...
  • Reports: Syrian air base destroyed in missile attack from sea

    10/31/2013 1:00:43 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-31-2013 | YASSER OKBI
    Unclear who is behind the attack on base located in stronghold of Assad's Alawites, but Syrian, Lebanese media accuse Israel; Channel 2 reports attack's target were S-125 surface-to-air missiles.